Kushiro Japanese Crane Reserve

Wildlife Reserve in Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

Run by Kushiro Zoo, this reserve has been instrumental in increasing the crane population. There are currently 14 tanchō-zuru (red-crowned white cranes) living here, though they are free to leave anytime they like (the fences are for people, not the birds).

The bus from Kushiro Station to Akanko Onsen stops here (¥910, one hour), or follow Rte 240 between Kushiro and Akanko.